About 1,250 taxpayers who received unemployment last year have received a letter from the state Revenue Department overstating their unemployment income by a factor of 100.
The 1,250 who received the startling letters -- which would have turned $3,000 into $300,000 -- were among about 2,100 whose refunds have been held up because of a computer error.
The department is working to fix the incorrect records and get refunds mailed to the affected taxpayers by the end of next week, the department said in a statement on its website.
"Obviously, the moment we found out about the mistakes, we started working to correct them," said Revenue Commissioner Navjeet K. Bal. "It was unfortunate and we apologize to the people who got the notices. We won't be levying their accounts or anything like that."
The department said any taxpayer with an incorrect notice should contact its customer service line at 617-887-6367 or 800-392-6089.
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